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May Day: A symbol of health and fertility

Written By | Apr 30, 2019
May Day

SAN DIEGO: May Day, which originated in the Northern Hemisphere during pre-Christian times, began as a celebration of spring and fertility.

Celebrating May Day

Occurring every May 1 there are a variety of ways to celebrate the holiday. Traditional festivities include dancing, maypoles, bonfires, food and drink, and floral decorations.

May Day is an opportunity to bring the global community together to experience the promise of spring while reveling in the beauty it holds, uniting us all through its splendor.

“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.”
—Edwin Way Teale

One of the most beautiful displays of springtime, as it signals the passage of winter, is the proliferation of beautiful springtime flowers.

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Colorful, fragrant blossoms from the lily of the valley, peony, daisy, sweet pea, lilac, buttercup, bells of Ireland and more fill the world with incredible beauty.

Just as flowers were used of May Day decorations during pagan times, the tradition continues today, decorating homes, parties, maypoles, baskets, leis, and crowns.

Leaving a floral basket anonymously on someone’s doorstep is considered a sign of affection, especially for shut-ins or one who is secretly admired.

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The article “An Environmental Approach to Positive Emotions: Flowers,” published in “Evolutionary Psychology,” states that for over 5,000 years people have been cultivating flowers in spite of the cost.

Therefore, “We suggest that cultivated flowers are rewarding because they have evolved to rapidly induce positive emotions in humans.”

A research study led by Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., professor of Psychology at Rutgers University, concluded that flowers have an immediate impact on feelings of happiness which transcend gender and age.

May Day

Children from Major George S. Welch Elementary School on Dover Air Force Base dance around the maypole during the Dover Days celebration May 3, 2014, in downtown Dover, Del. The children also walked in the parade demonstrating customs and courtesies, with the boys bowing and the girls curtseying. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Duhon)

Flowers reduce depression

.“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy…Now science shows us…they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being,” says Haviland-Jones.

It seems that the “flower power” slogan from the 1960s conveyed far more wisdom than ever before imagined.

Coming from times of youthful rebellion, flower children was conveying a message of peace and love to a world unable to fully hear them.

May Day Flowers: A pagan tradition brings positive health

For this coming May Day, the global community has the opportunity to not only determine what type of flower power it wishes to experience but also how.  Reconnecting with the beauty of spring and the grace that nature inspires could bring inner peace and happiness to the global community.

An inspired sense of renewal and hope is requisite for coming together to solve the many political, economical and social problems of the day. Issues which will impact future generations for many years to come.

“Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.” —Kahlil Gibran

Until next time, enjoy the ride!


Laurie Edwards-Tate

Since 1984, Laurie Edwards-Tate has served as President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare, a non-medical Home Care Aide Organization, serving seniors, disabled, infirm and children. Laurie is Board of Director 2018 (elected), Palomar Health; Executive Board Member; Chair Board Human Resources Committee; Member of Audits & Compliance Committee; Community Relations Committee.